Heal with Yoga Therapy

with Lisa Madden, Yoga Therapist, (C-IAYT), E-500 RYT

Yoga Therapy: The Latest in Integrative Healing & Wellness

I have always been fascinated by the healing power of yoga, seeing how it positively impacted my own well-being (way before becoming an instructor!) as well as that of so many of my students. Many have shared how yoga has positively enhanced their wellness: reduced blood pressure, sugar levels, stress and chronic pain--as well as increased bone density, core strength, self-confidence, and more.

Anxious to learn more, I enrolled in the Beaumont Hospital of Yoga Therapy and studied for an additional 300 hours, qualifying me as a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. My continued education at the International Institute of Yoga Therapy gave me the opportunity to work with patients in clinical settings, as well as online via Zoom. In January 2022, I completed my studies and earned certification as a Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy.

What's Yoga Therapy? Do I Need a Mat?

If you are seeking additional tools to aid your healing and well-being, Yoga Therapy may enhance your journey. Yoga Therapy is not a replacement for treatment, but has the potential to alleviate pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and create a sense of ease in your mind and body.

"Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools—postures/exercises, breathwork, meditation techniques, and more—to address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs.

"Yoga therapists have in-depth training to help them assess and keep their clients safe. They work with you to address your specific goals while considering any limitations you might be experiencing. The practices your yoga therapist recommends could include:

  • Movement ranging from gentle to vigorous
  • Breathing techniques
  • Meditation or visualization practices
  • Physical postures that address specific areas of discomfort or musculoskeletal imbalances
  • Any combination of tools like these!"

-International Association of Yoga Therapy

"Yoga is the calm that arises within your inner space of perception"

"Many people first learn about yoga through its physical practices, but a common misconception is that it’s all about stretching or movement. In fact, yoga therapy can help people who can’t move at all, as well as active individuals!

"The yogic model of health is unique because it addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately. Yoga therapy is a safe way of working with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize well-being.

"A general public yoga class can certainly ease everyday aches, pains, and mood complaints. But a yoga therapy session, whether one-to-one or in a small group, goes much further because it is tailored to the individual."

Yoga Practice to Relieve Back and Neck Pain